The National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) has joined the call for chairman of the Police Service Commission Nizam Mohammed to be held accountable for statements he made about the paucity of East Indians at the top echelons of the Police Service. In a news release, NJAC said Mohammed should be made to account for his indiscretion and the injury inflicted on the public. It said Mohammed, who claimed there were more people of African descent in leadership positions in the Police Service, as opposed to their East Indian colleagues, gave the impression that there was discrimination against the East Indian population with regard to their entry and their promotions within the service.
NJAC said if Mohammed had given the matter some more thought, he would have recognised that there was always a marked reluctance of certain sectors of population to join the Police Service. It added that the Police Service had suffered from that and at an earlier time, a substantial amount of policemen had to be recruited from neighbouring islands. Mohammed's behaviour, NJAC said, does not speak well for the future development of good communal relations in T&T. Therefore, NJAC said, it was an ideal time to create a national body to investigate all of the country's institutions, both private and public, in order to progressively eliminate all and any manifestations of racial bias.